As part of the annual Congressional Art Competition, a painting showing police officers as pigs, along with them harrasing black people, is being hung inside the U.S. Capitol building. This painting is supposed to symbolize the resulted civil unrest after Michael Brown was shot by police in Ferguson.
According to the Independent Journal Review, the artwork is not named and is located in a tunnel between the U.S. Capitol building and the Longworth House Office Building.
The painting was chosen by a Democrat from Missouri:
The painting was selected on behalf of Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO). While it’s unclear whether Clay personally selected “Untitled #1” as the winner, he offered heavy praise for the controversial painting in a press release.
Clay also reportedly called the piece of art the “most creative expression that I’ve witnessed over the last 16 years” during remarks on the House floor.
Some members of Congress are not happy with the artwork. In a statement to IJR, Rep. Dave Reichert (R-WA), who was in law enforcement, said the painting is disheartening:
“It is disheartening to see this depiction of law enforcement hanging in the hallway of our nation’s Capitol where officers work everyday to protect our safety and freedoms. Unfortunately, many people of influence have taken part in promoting offensive and inaccurate caricatures of the very people who do the most to protect our families. While I understand in some neighborhoods trust between police and communities has all but deteriorated, we must work on rebuilding these relationships and focus on our shared goals of peace and civility.”
The Congressional Art Competition involved 200 Congressmen getting at least 50,000 high school students to participate in the competition.